If you feel like these David Jien illustrations are playing funny tricks with your eyes, that’s probably because they are. Rendering images with impossible geometrical physics and a dash of optical illusions, Jien depicts surreal scenes that would no doubt make M.C. Escher proud.
But David Jien’s work is not just a bunch of ocular tricks; there are some interesting stylistic influences in his work that meld global aesthetics. Some of his images look as though they were created in the medieval period due to their archaic renderings of humans, but there are also hints of ancient Japanese art in his style, as well as full-blown contemporary inspirations.
Those who think David Jien renders these dream-like images digitally will be surprised to learn that his tools of choice are usually graphite pencils, pencil crayons and plain old paper.
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